This was supposed to be just a study for a larger painting that people took a liking to. I wanted to show the mountains in the background, and in order to do this, the photographer had to use a cherry-picker and take the photo from a few blocks away. It's now available in print and as a tie.
Red Rocks Riveria Watercolor study
Watercolor study done in southern France for the oil painting (see bottom of page). On Sundays when we travel as a family, we find the local LDS church (and hopefully someone will speak our language!) and then often go out painting. this time someone told us to just drive along the French Riveria coastline until we see red rocks. Sure enough it was beautiful!
A dog with a chair on a stool....
My sister and I decided to dress up one of her stools with a scene that we happened upon when she visited me in Italy. This is on the Island of Murano (right by Venice) and this patient little puppy was the perfect model!
Made during a week long mosaic course in Spilimbergo, Italy, 2012. More info on the "Projects" page
Mont Saint Michel
Watercolor done near Normandy, France 2012
Yep - even after leaving our beloved Italy and moving to Germany, I had to have a remembrance on our dining room wall... Nothing beats Tuscany in the summer!
"Christ with Children"
One of my last commissioned portraits, done in 2005. If you'll notice, part of this painting appears again in the background of the 'Vessels' painting.
I live an hour away from Venice, Italy and would love to go and wander around and take pictures. Reposo was the best time, when everyone is inside eating and resting.
After going to the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam, I felt inspired to do a more 'choppy' painting style in his honor. these are all my favorite ornamental brushes I collected during our time in South Korea and a visit to China.
This painting should actually be titled, "Pienza Haystacks and Dead Bugs!" since there must be a few dozen that dive-bombed into my painting. I felt very artsy sitting in the shade of a haystack in Tuscany while painting until those little guys discovered me. Perhaps they wanted to be immortalized on canvas?!?
David in Weilerbach
We moved overseas in 2002 and lived in Weilerbach, Germany for a few months. I've painted each of my boys at 6 months of age, so it was fitting to put David in the setting of our new home.
While living overseas, our favorite getaways were either Tuscany or San Tropez, France, to a cheap little place near the beach. This spot was near what we called 'the Baby Beach'. A wonderful hidden cove which stayed shallow for about 1/2 a mile and had great climbing rocks on the side.
This is a watercolor I did for my husband, Mark's birthday in 2013 to remember our trip to Jerusalem the year before. This would be how it looked many years ago, and not how it is now with it's busy streets and cars...
I painted this in Baltimore while still in college at Maryland Institute, College of Art. The original belongs to the Ott Family
The Preece Children
While living in Syracuse, NY I was able to paint a few families walking in the Sacred Grove in Palmyra. It was a special experience!
My younger sister posing in her costume that she wore during her years as an actress in the Maryland Renaissance Festival...
Apples on Parrish
Just a little day-painting to keep from getting stale and slick. Sometimes I need to go and do these quick paintings as exercises to keep my brushwork faster. Plus, I love Maxfield Parrish (the book underneath) and his neat colors!
My parents also are regulars at the Maryland Renn. Festival. My father in particular has the most wonderful costumes, and since he is also a trumpet player, I turned this into a pseudo-portrait.
My mother, in her costume as well - we both love the color purple... I'm eyeing that dress when you're done with it ma!!!
Just outside of the small city of Pienza you'll find all sorts of serpentine roads and rolling hills that remind me of patchwork quilts...
Red Rocks near Cannes, France
On Sundays when we travel as a family, we find the local LDS church (and hopefully someone will speak our language!) and then often go out painting. this time someone told us to just drive along the French Riveria coastline until we see red rocks. Sure enough it was beautiful!